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Patterns of consent: evidence from a general household survey

  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Lorenzo Cappellari
  • Peter Lynn
  • Annette Jäckle
  • Emanuela Sala

We analyse patterns of consent and consent bias in the context of a large general household survey, the 'Improving survey measurement of income and employment' survey, also addressing issues that arise when there are multiple consent questions. A multivariate probit regression model for four binary outcomes with two incidental truncations is used. We show that there are biases in consent to data linkage with benefit and tax credit administrative records that are held by the Department for Work and Pensions, and with wage and employment data held by employers. There are also biases in respondents' willingness and ability to supply their national insurance number. The biases differ according to the question that is considered. We also show that modelling questions on consent independently rather than jointly may lead to misleading inferences about consent bias. A positive correlation between unobservable individual factors affecting consent to Department for Work and Pensions record linkage and consent to employer record linkage is suggestive of a latent individual consent propensity. Copyright 2006 Royal Statistical Society.

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Volume (Year): 169 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 701-722

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